Ex-Dunbar star Minor a force for Manhattan at both ends of floor



December 22, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

At 5 feet 8, Kenny Minor is a ball-handling whiz for Manhattan College, and he carefully weighs every shot he takes as the Jaspers' starting point guard.

That is why the former Dunbar standout was shooting 61.9 percent from the field and had hit eight of 12 three-pointers, not to mention being a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, entering last night's game on the road against 14th-ranked Arizona, a 105-75 loss to the Wildcats.

Minor, a junior, averaged 7.0 points, 2.1 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 rebounds through his Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team's first six games. He had two points last night as Manhattan fell to 4-3.

However, it has been Minor's defense that has most impressed Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez.

"I think that his on-the-ball defense last year was outstanding," said Gonzalez. "He almost willed some games and turned some games around with his ball pressure."

Manhattan won the MAAC title last season after going 25-6 overall and 16-2 in the league, then stunned Florida in the opening round of the NCAA tournament and battled Wake Forest to the end in the second round before losing, 84-80.

Minor made seven starts for the Jaspers, averaging 5.2 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds. He scored 10 points in a 91-54 victory over Loyola in Baltimore.

He was a first-team All-Metro choice his final year at Dunbar.

Boone, Gay star

Sophomore center Josh Boone and freshman forward Rudy Gay achieved milestones in their young basketball careers Sunday for defending national champion Connecticut (5-1).

The 6-10 Boone (South Carroll) scored a career-high 20 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds in an 81-72 victory over Rice, and the 6-9 Gay (Archbishop Spalding) made his first start for the No. 11 Huskies and nearly had his second double double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

It was Boone's fourth double double of the season, His points total raised his average to 15.8, close behind Rashad Anderson (16.7) for the team lead. Boone leads the team in rebounds (11.2), shooting percentage from the field (57.1) and from the free-throw line (82.1), blocks (21) and minutes per game (30.7).

Gay is averaging 10.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 23.8 minutes, in addition to contributing nine blocks, six steals and hitting four of seven three-pointers.

Solid for Murray

Junior guard Darnell Hopkins (Towson Catholic) is the No. 2 scorer for Murray State (3-3), even though he has started just one game.

Hopkins is averaging 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while averaging 21 minutes per game. The 6-2 player's first start of the season came in the Kentucky school's sixth game.

Hopkins has been joined at Murray State by another 6-2 junior guard from Towson Catholic, Keith Jenifer, who transferred from Virginia. Jenifer is starting at point guard and averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Et cetera

Central Connecticut State quarterback Scott Dolch (McDonogh) was one of 36 players from around the country named to the Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors.

Temple track and field seniors Jonathan Albright (Northwestern) and Rachel Clinton (Oakland Mills) have been honored by the Atlantic 10 as co-Performers of the Week for their victories in the indoor Jack Pyrah Invitational on Dec. 7 in Haverford, Pa. Albright won the men's 55 hurdles in 7.65 seconds and finished sixth in the 500. Clinton captured the women's 55 hurdles (8.12) and took third in the 55 (7.43).

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